My adventure started when I entered a lottery for the 2006 Ford GT “Gulf Heritage Edition”… and I was chosen with the help of my lucky charm! The more I looked at this great car and its Gulf Livery, the more I simply realized how lucky I was! It was strikingly beautiful, paying homage to the original GT40 of the 1960s. The modernized lines somehow captured the sultry look of the original while appearing even more muscular with its sleek look and side air scoops.
How could I top my new Ford GT…?! I decided to commission a piece of art to celebrate its stunning look. The piece of art is one of a limited production of 10 art tables, with no two alike. It was machined from a solid piece of hard-anodized aerospace-grade aluminum built by discommon.com. This table has turned into an amazing collector item that gets even more wows than the car!
Much of the fun of commissioning this piece of automobilia was the course of acquiring it. First, the company had me thinking and planning about just how I wanted it to look. I chose to have the car appear as if it was covered by a blanket of metal emerging from within the table; imagine the GT is being revealed with a silk cover over it.
Next, working with Neil Ferrier the owner of Discommon, they sent a model to me, to make design decisions such as; the percent of the car being exposed underneath the covering, whether to keep the machine tool marks or have more of a polished finish, etc. I chose to keep the original machine tool marks as it added more muscularity to the project, and meticulously planned the exact amount of car to show beneath the cover.
The final piece turned out simply beyond all expectations. A definite keeper in my collection! I can only imagine that someday when the car moves on to someone else, a premium would be paid to keep the art table with it. Priceless. The machined table is the cornerstone in my private garage at AutoMotorPlex in Medina, Minnesota, but there are many other great pieces of automobilia I’ve filled it with as well.
There are numerous pieces of art on the walls capturing great moments in automotive history. I especially cherish two other pieces: one is the custom stainless-steel bar I had made with the back painted in corvette Nassau Blue to match my 1965 Corvette 427 convertible. The 2nd is a display of Porsche’s race models, which was presented to me by a group of great people I had the honor to work with remembering our time together in Germany.
Let’s get back to being lucky… I owe all my great luck to an awesome “walking Buddha” memorabilia piece. It was a gift to me from a Chinese partner in 2003, for good luck. The Buddha is made of Formosa Cedar. Our partnering project was a factory joint venture that turned out very successfully! I’m not superstitious but… I rubbed its belly when I entered the Ford GT lottery, and I still rub its belly before I make big decisions today!
As told to Bruno Silikowski by Geoffrey Smith
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